Newbie here - First time wintering and getting FRUSTRATED!!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Sheira66, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. Sheira66

    Sheira66 New Egg

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    Hello all...


    This is only the second year I've had layers and the first time I've tried wintering them. Over the summer I built my flock up to about 70 girls and the first couple of weeks after I added the last of them (late summer) I was getting approx. 4.5-5 dz eggs per day.

    Now I am down to aprox 1 dozen a day!!.... A few weeks ago I moved them from the chicken tractor to their new winter digs as it was much larger and had electricity available. I have added a light bulb to heat their water, changed over to fermented feed and hooked up lights to come on 4 hours before dawn.....none of which seems to be helping much.

    I am located in Northern Ontario but we are not really experiencing cold temps yet...hovering around 5C. Not sure how much longer I can justify the cost to carry so many chickens when I am not getting the eggs to pay for them!....

    Any and all suggestions will be welcomed!
     
  2. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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  3. Sheira66

    Sheira66 New Egg

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    Thanks I'll give them a read!
     
  4. chickenboy190

    chickenboy190 Overrun With Chickens

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  5. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens will not always lay consistently over the winter. It has a lot of other factors, light being just one of them.

    Only you can decide if it is worth it to lower the number of layers you want to keep but if you reduce the total and your egg quantity is already reduced, you may get even less eggs.

    You can see if you can get more specific answers to your questions if you post on one other tabs regarding care and keeping of chickens.

    Caroline
     
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    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC!
     
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    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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